The Hubs and I have been getting tired of spending our evening either working or watching TV after the kids go to bed, so the other day I bought us Monopoly. The Hubs had mentioned that he enjoyed it and I figured I’d give a shot.
Scorch’s eyes lit up when he saw me walk into the house with a New! Game!
“Can we play it now?” “When can we play it?” “Why can’t we play it now?”
Last night, after dinner, I ran out of excuses so we broke out the game. Have you ever played Monopoly with a 4 and a 2 year old? If you haven’t, may I suggest you don’t. Ever.
I had to pry the dice out of the Bean’s mouth. We had to explain to Scorch about 5 times why just because you have the smallest number of bills, that doesn’t mean you have the least amount of money. We had to explain to him why I didn’t pay him money each time I landed on a square- any square. And then there was his irrational fear of ending up in Jail. He asked at one point if we would really put handcuffs on him if he had to there.
After about 7 minutes into the game, the Hubs and I were ready to poke our eyes out with forks (which, honestly, is how I always feel when playing Monopoly) so we tell the kids it’s time for bed. But Scorch doesn’t want to go to bed without winning first.
While the Hubs & I tried to communicate in code with each other on how we can end this, Scorchedvthe dice one on top of the other. When he called my attention to it, I gasped out loud and lied through my teeth saying “How did you know to do that? That means you WIN!!” The boy was thrilled!
Yes, I’m a terrible parent. But I’m a terrible parent who got out of playing a torturous game and who’s kids got to bed on time. I win!